The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2020.
The season will provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. It will allow the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This will initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of other states that allow mountain lion hunting.
The season will be similar to that of 2019, except hunting on public lands will be allowed in both sub-units, shooting hours will be sunrise to sunset, opening day will be January 2, and proof of gender must be naturally attached to a harvested cat when checked.
The application period will be September 3-27, 2019. A drawing will lead to the issuance of 320 permits in each sub-unit.
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(Photo source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission)